Episode 485 – Women Who Sleep with Their Dogs

What pops into your mind when you think about women who sleep with their dogs? This podcast explores some thoughts that occurred to me while reading two studies of this human-animal population from a human-animal bond perspective.

However,  as I edited this podcast later, Arthur Conan Doyle’s now famous bit of transcendent literary dialogue popped into mind yet again. Sometimes referred to as “the curious incident of the dog in the night-time”, it reminds us that what isn’t said is sometimes as revealing as what is. Sometimes this may be true of what human-animal relationship studies reveal about human-human ones too.

The articles that inspired this podcast were published in Anthrozoos, Volume 31, Issue 6, December, 2018:

An Exploratory Study of Human-Dog Co-Sleeping Using Actinography: Do Dogs Disrupt the Owners’ Sleep?

An Examination of Adult Women’s Sleep Quality and Sleep Routines in Relation to Pet Ownership and Bedsharing


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